2013 Annual Report

2013 Annual Report Project Descriptions


UVM research scientists and outreach specialists ...

  • provide images of critically important herbarium specimens to the specialist community interested in maintaining and using high-quality of plant scientific names.
    Participation in the Global Plants Initiative by the University of Vermont's Pringle Herbarium

  • place images of herbarium specimens on line to facilitate accurate identification of specimens of plants relevant to conservation and climate change
    Developing the US National Virtual Herbarium (from WDC12)

  • improve upon our previous survey of genetic variation in the fiddlehead fern, a non-timber forest product with potential sustainability threats, as a planning resource
    Genetic Diversity and Watershed in Vermont's fiddlehead fern (Matteuccia struthiopteris, Onocleaceae)

    Fungal and Plant Molecular Biology

  • will digitally image and database all New Engalnd specimens in the Pringle Herbarium with the goal of presenting a jointly developed database for all New England plants.
    Collaborative Research: Digitization TCN: Mobilizing New England Vascular Plant Specimen Data to Track Environmental Changes

  • determine the role of the Medicago truncatula heme oxygenase enzyme in oxidative stress.
    Characterization of the role of the Medicago truncatula GIRAFFE gene in oxidative stress.
    HARRIS 5a

  • develop a quantitation method for assaying effects of small molecule inhibitors on biofilm formation on plastic tubing
    Fungal Biofilms and Development of New Anti-Fungal Drugs
    JOHNSON 5a

  • determine the physiological and genetic response of pooid grasses to an extended period of cold in order to see if the origin of cold-mediated flowering correlates with a switch from tropical to temperate living.
    Evolution of a cold season adaptation in the temperate grass subfamily Pooideae
    PRESTON 5a

    Molecular Genetics

  • determine the genetic basis of petal fusion in asterids
    Determining the Genetic Basis of Sympetaly in Petunia and Other Asterids
    PRESTON 5c